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Biology Scholars Program

Any Biology major working toward the requirements below is considered a Biology Scholar.  Any student who completes the below requirements earns Biology Departmental Honors and will be recognized at graduation, receive a certificate from the department, and have this designation noted on their transcript. 

  1. Have an overall 3.5 GPA upon graduation.
  2. Complete two biology scholars courses (aka Honors courses/sections) or two 400G*, 500 or 600** level course that is an accepted Biology elective (check here), or a combination of a BIO scholars course and a 400G/500/600 Biology elective course. Honors conversion for a Biology elective or Tier I or Tier II Core course is also acceptable.
  3. Complete 6 hours of Independent Research (BIO 394, BIO 395, BIO 397, or BIO 398) or course-based undergraduate research at the 300-level or above (check with the DUS about specific courses).
  4. Publicly present your research results or write a thesis. Presentations can take many forms such as a talk or poster at a professional meeting or to some other group larger than a research lab. The University hosts an undergraduate research poster session late in each Spring semester.  A thesis is also acceptable (see UK thesis guidelines); contact DUS for more information on the thesis.
  5. Complete the Biology Scholars Application during the semester of your planned graduation. 
    Deadline to apply for December graduation: October 15
    Deadline to apply for May and August graduation: March 22

*To receive Scholars credit for a 400G course, you must complete the ā€œGā€, or graduate level, course requirements. Inform your instructor that you would like to use the course as a Scholars course and submit written verification from them that you completed the "G" requirements of the course.

**600 level courses require special permission to register. Complete the ā€œUndergraduate Enrollment in a Graduate-Level Courseā€ form.

All courses used to satisfy Biology Scholars requirements must be taken for a letter grade.

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